The nation’s only
essential conference

June 14 – 16 | CHICAGO
June 14

Noon –
1 pm

Sponsored By

Climate Luncheon

Leadership Lessons in Climate Resilience and Mitigation

Attendees heard CEOs at member hospitals share practical, financially sustainable methods to improve climate resilience and mitigation efforts. This panel highlighted experiences navigating these issues at essential hospitals and strategies developed to meet these goals while considering organizational financial priorities. Attendees had an opportunity to ask panelists questions and share experiences and perspectives with peers.


Carol Gomes, MS, MT
CEO and Chief Operating Officer
Stony Brook University Hospital

A member of the senior executive team, Gomes serves as CEO and chief operating officer at Stony Brook University Hospital, in Stony Brook, N.Y. Gomes is a leader and advocate for sustainability efforts at Stony Brook University Hospital, as the hospital has received multiple awards through Practice Greenhealth, including the 2020/2023 Top 25 Environmental Excellence Award, Circles of Excellence Award in Safer Chemicals, and Greening the Operating Room Award.


Cam Patterson, MD, MBA
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Patterson serves as chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, leading Arkansas’ only health sciences university and academic health system with a mission to educate tomorrow’s health care professionals, perform research that translates to new treatments, and deliver exceptional patient care.


Airica Steed, EdD, MBA
CEO and President
The MetroHealth System

Steed is the “first woman, first black person, and first nurse” to be appointed as CEO and president of The MetroHealth System, in Cleveland. Steed is renowned for spearheading large-scale transformations encompassing more than $300 million in combined financial improvements, top decile quality and safety performance outcomes, and healthy profitable growth, as well as advancing health equity and eradicating health care disparities.



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401 Ninth St. NW, Suite 900,
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